Choosing a School: location

Recorded Tuesday, May 18 at 09:00 PM

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About this livestream


Choosing a college can be overwhelming: you're not only deciding where you'll be spending the next four years, but also making a decision that will affect the rest of your life. So, why not take some of the pressure off by tuning in with Elias this Tuesday and learning how to choose a college location that's right for you.

Stop in to ask a few questions, or stay around the whole time to get a better idea of how location factors into your college experience.

Your host

Undergrad College: Harvard University '17

Major: Music

Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.

Work Experience: Now in my fourth year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored thousands more through my livestreams. Apart from my work at CV, I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist. I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston, and I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States.

My Admissions Story: Initially interested in pursuing a career as a performing cellist, I applied almost exclusively to music schools with dual and double degree options and ultimately enrolled in the Tufts University/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program. Unhappy with the combined program and worried I'd never feel like I was fully a student at either school, I logged back into in October of my freshman year. I can't say I went about the transfer process in the smartest way (I only applied to two schools!), but Harvard miraculously accepted me (or 'excepted me' as I wrote in a celebratory Facebook post that day - no one ever let me live that one down), and the rest was history.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Elias and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
2:41@felipeavila:No worries, thanks for being on!
9:10@saraholson:Santa Clara Univ
10:09@saraholson:San Jose State
13:28@felipeavila:I'm interested in majoring in public policy, would applying to universities near Washington D.C. like Georgetown be a good idea?
21:49@Adrian:Problem with the video and audio stream from the host
21:51@saraholson:Wow taking a bit
21:53@felipeavila:We can see and hear you now!
22:42@felipeavila:We were finishing with the weather
30:03@felipeavila:I typically work in conservative politics, I have concerns about applying to top-tier progressive schools like Georgetown. How should I mention my political extracurriculars in my application?
34:22@Adrian:how to max the pre visiting colleges in term of selecting a favorable location?
37:58@felipeavila:Do you prefer schools with dorms or living locally?
38:03@Adrian:One second, please
41:33@Adrian:Before I select the college, what should I consider in my visites to colleges before I select any of them.
44:52@Parent24:If you’re not from the US, how to choose a place with limited opportunities now for visiting campuses in person?!
48:11@saraholson:What have you learned from others about the locations they choose for the college they attended?
51:15@felipeavila:Does establishing connections with college admissions officers help with acceptance?
52:07@felipeavila:Obviously the farther you are from the school that you're applying to, the harder it is to be accepted because of the regional difference. How can we overcome this barrier in college applications?
55:05@felipeavila:Thank you!
55:06@saraholson:Thank you
55:10@Adrian:Thnaks got to go....
55:24@felipeavila:One final question! I'm in the United States, is it also harder to get into outside international schools like in England?
57:06@Parent24:Have you tried the schnitzel?! From Viena? Delicious
57:50@felipeavila:Thanks, Elias! Appreciate the advice!


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